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Endometriosis and the gift of motherhood

When my first period came at age 13, it involved blood clots and extreme pain. I didn’t know what to expect or what was considered “normal,” but thankfully, my mother did. She recognized that my symptoms were unusual and immediately took me to see my pediatrician. I was first prescribed birth control pills, which seemed to help initially, but when my period remained heavy and painful, I was put on a different birth control pill that enabled me to have my period only four times a year. I thought my situation was normal – albeit uncomfortable and inconvenient. No one ever suggested that painful periods could be anything more than bad luck. I would hear women talk about menstrual cramping and see advertisements for medications to relieve menstrual symptoms … I just figured I had bad periods like so many other adolescent and adult women. I believed that for years. Finding answers to years of pain Then, when I was 22, my cousin Emily was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had never heard of it. I figured it was something extreme because Emily’s symptoms were much more severe than mine. Emily’s mother, my aunt Mary Alice, knew enough about my symptoms that she thought I might have endometriosis as well, even though my symptoms were different than Emily’s. Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting an estimated 5.5 million women in North America — 30-40% of whom become infertile. It occurs when tissue similar to that which...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Teen Health endometriosis Marc Laufer Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Adequately treating pain and nausea following uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a continuing challenge. Superior hypogastric nerve block (SHNB) is a successful adjunct technique for decreasing pain after embolization. This letter discusses safety measures for administration of SHNB during UAE using radial artery access, including avoiding inadvertent intravascular injection, choosing the optimal anesthetic, and treating local anesthetic systemic toxicity.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
A 27-year-old competitive runner presented with deep right thigh pain for 1  year. A T2-weighted hyperintense 3-cm lesion was found in the right vastus lateralis muscle on magnetic resonance imaging, indicative of a ganglion cyst (Fig 1). Corresponding ultrasound showed a well-defined, hypoechoic lesion confirming the diagnosis of ganglion cyst. This location is rare for g anglion cyst, and such lesions have been treated only by surgical excision. Ultrasound-guided aspiration and sclerosis with sodium tetradecyl sulfate was performed.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Images in IR Source Type: research
We report our experience with medial cuneiform decompressive exostectomy and superficial tendon debridement in 14 cases of recalcitrant tibilalis anterior insertional pain. We reviewed 13 patients (14 feet; 12 females, 1 male; mean age 67.9 ± 7.5; range 55 to 80 years) in whom conservative treatment had failed who had undergone debridement of the insertional tibialis anterior tendon and decompressive exostectomy of the medial cuneiform.
Source: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
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Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
Authors: Santonocito C, Noto A, Crimi C, Sanfilippo F Abstract The use of remifentanil in clinical practice offers several advantages and it is used for a wide range of procedures, ranging from day-surgery anesthesia to more complex procedures. Nonetheless, remifentanil has been consistently linked with development of opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH), which is described as a paradoxical increase in sensitivity to painful stimuli that develops after exposure to opioid treatment. The development of OIH may cause several issues, delaying recovery after surgery and preventing timely patient's discharge. Moreover, it c...
Source: Local and Regional Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Local Reg Anesth Source Type: research
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